As winter fades away most of us struggle to fill the void inside us that skiing leaves behind until next season, but our grassroots athlete Row Emery never has that problem because for him the send never ends.
2nd Jun 2019
Row lives and breathes dry-slopes in the UK, he was the winner of Best UK Edit for the 2018 Planks Grassroots Video Competition and some people claim that he is 'the king of dry-slope'. So we thought we'd have a catch up with him and find out what the life of a dry-slope skier is like...
Why do you love dry-slope so much?
"You can ski on dry-slope 12 months a year and when you don't have much to play with it makes you think outside the box. You do things with your skis that you wouldn't otherwise think of. Also, it's the skate park vibe that comes with dry-slope, with a community of skiers who all go above and beyond the norm' because they love skiing so much."
What is the most ridiculous thing you've done on dry-slope this year?
"I've been building the biggest and most creative setups at my local dry-slope (AKA. Railzilla Sessions), some of which were almost the whole length of the slope and took hours to finally get to the end of. They're arguably up there with some of the biggest rail setups in the world - on a dry-slope in Stoke-on-Trent, UK."
Tell us about a standard day as a dry-slope skier for you?
"I'll decide what features I want to ski on, then spend 2 hours building everything and tieing it all in ready for the start of the session. I try to make everything as different and creative as possible each week.
Once I've done that it's time to suit up, boot up and get shredding. I'll lap non stop for most of the night, stopping here and there to coach kids or film some clips. When fully satisfied with my weekly ski fix I will head to my local pub for aprés with my ski squad."
What do you have lined up for summer?
"I plan to travel up and down the UK to as many of the annual dry-slope competitions as possible, then film as much as possible for an up and coming film project to promote UK dry-slope skiing. Then I'll throw some normal summer activities into the mix, there are a few slopes that are a stone's throw from a beach in the south of England. Two birds one stone as they say."